Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Books I Read the Year I started Blogging

I'm a week late on this week's top ten Tuesday post. I thought that this post was so much fun I didn't want to miss out. The topic for Tuesday September 12 was your top ten favorite books from the year you started blogging. In no particular order here are my top ten favorite books from the year I started blogging. 
Started my book blog changed my reading habits in a lot of ways. Suddenly this door was open and there were so many book recommendations that I almost didn't know what to do with them. Starting my blog gave me a creative outlet to talk about books and share the books that I love. When I look back at 2013, the year I started my blog, I read a lot of fairy tale retellings. I didn't know anything about fairy tale retellings until I started my blog. I started following Debz Bookshelf, The Book Rat, A Backwards Story, and Daily Prophecy. All of them are huge fairy tale retelling fans and they really started my love for fairy tale retellings. My love for Disney very naturally tranfered over to my new love for fairy tale retellings. 

I started blogging the year that The Fault in Our Stars was all the rage. I mean every blog and booktube channel was raving about The Fault in Our Stars, so I had to give it a chance and I really enjoyed it. My sister read the entire Divergent series before I even started. Hunger Games had really started the distopian craze and Divergent continued this fandom. In 2017 distopian has lost popularity, but there are still good distopian books coming out. 

I remember I shipped hard over St. Clair in Anna and the French Kiss. I absolutely loved this book and it was a quick read for me especially since I had just started my first year of college. Firefly Lane was a book that I reread in 2014. I loved Firefly Lane. It still is one of my all time favorite books and I highly recommend it. 

It was so much fun reflecting on the books I read in 2013 and when I looked at my shelf on goodreads these are the 10 books that really stuck out to me and here we are 4 years later and I still remember how it felt to read these books and what the book was about.  

Saturday, September 16, 2017

COYER Summer Reading List Wrap Up

Summer COYER has come to an end. Boy did I love this summer's reading list challenge. I'm a list person and I love making lists, but it is rare that I ever stick to them. I did great with COYER's reading list. I really read mostly books from the list this summer. We had to choose 30 books to put on the list. I knew that I wouldn't complete all 30 books, but it was fun to try.

I read 8 books off the list and the good news is that 3 of these books are ebooks and one is a book I own. I'm glad to have read all these books. They were all great.

I'm super excited to see what is in store for the COYER winter switch. Sign up goes live on November 18.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

July and August Wrap Up and Sept-Nov TBR

 July was a great month for reading. Clockwork Princess is so far the longest book I have read this year and I'm so glad to finish the Infernal Devices series. Flame in the Mist is my least favorite for the month. The book was good, but the story was hard to follow at times. I loved all the other books. They were such great reads.
August was a month for fairy tale retellings. Before Midnight was a retelling of Cinderella, Wild Orchid the ballad of Mulan, and The Crystal Heart rapunzel. I loved all three of them. Before Midnight takes my favorite. We also went on vacation in August, so I didn't get as much reading done.

The end of the year is fast approaching, so I'm in challenge mode to get my challenges done before the end of the year. I only have three books left for Monthly Keyword, but I'm behind on my books I own and Deal Me In challenge. I'm going to play catch up for the rest of the year. One of my big goals this year was to read all the 2013 releases I missed that I put on my top ten tuesday. I only have four left, so I totally can do it. Here is a list of books I want to read by the end of the year.

1. Things we Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
2. Just One Year by Gayle Forman
3. Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz
4. Poison by Bridget Zinn
5. Golden by Jessi Kirby
6. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
7. Destiny Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
8. Forever and Always Lara Jean by Jenny Han
9. Stitching Snow by RC Lewis
10. We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sunquist
11. Friendship by Emily Gould
12. The Summer of Everything by Catherine Clark
13. 738 Days by Stacey Kade
14 The Dear One by Jacqueline Woodson
15. The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacy Lee

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My TBR Overwhelms Me

I absolutely love Goodreads and tracking my TBR, but sometimes my TBR overwhelms me. My goal since I created my Goodreads account back in 2012 has been to keep my TBR manageable. I'm constantly trying to read books off the TBR list, but not add as many books as I erase. Back in 2014 I decided to create a spreadsheet of my Goodreads TBR list, so I could see how many books I have read off the list and see if I was making progress on getting the list down. I started this project back in 2014 with 238 books. I still have 131 books from the 2014 list that have not been read. 232 books from 2015 I haven't read and that leads me up to my current Goodreads TBR, which is at 392 books. I have to admit that it is crazy that my TBR has grown to almost 400 books. When I look though the list there are some amazing books on the list that I want to read, but don't know if I will ever have the time to read. I have always sat somewhere in the 300s and been fine with it, but 400 books for me is a lot.

Sometimes my TBR overwhelms me. I just want to lower the number of books on the list and make some progress. I love my spreadsheet and I love seeing the progress I make over multiple years. I also think the individual challenges I do keep me reading books off this list at a pretty consistent rate. The books that I really worry I will never read apear on the 1st page. Many have been there since I joined Goodreads and I still haven't read them.

At the end of the day I need to enjoy what I'm reading and sometimes it is isn't all about the numbers. At the end of the day my TBR serves a purpose to help me remember books that I want to read and if I don't read some then that is just how it is going to be.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon Sign Up

I'm signing up for the Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon. This Read-A-Thon runs from September 11th-September 24th.  I plan on working off the remainder of  my summer TBR List. I will post my TBR List in a few weeks after COYER is over and I know what is left on the list. 

Summer TBR Wipeout Wrap Up

During the Summer TBR Wipeout I decied to use my COYER summer reading list. For coyer I had to choose 30 books fullying knowing I would not read all 30 books off the list, but I chose a mixture of books that I wanted to read this summer hoping I would at least get to some of them. Throughout the summer I have mostly stuck to this list without problem. I read 7 books off the list at this point. I might add a few more before COYER finishes up. I have not finished The Crystal Heart yet, but I think I will finish that this weekend. 

This challenge literally flew by. I enjoyed every second and it really motivated me to move some books off my TBR. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge Update #2

Since my last update I have managed to read one more book off my TBR list. I finished The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord and boy I loved this book so much. It was sad, but at the same time it was a fun summer read. I really think the main character Lucy grew so much over the course of this book. 

I finished Flame in the Mist this week for the biannual bibliothon. This book was not part of my summer tbr or my tbr at all, but I enjoyed this book and it left so many questions. The sequel needs to come soon. 

I'm currently reading Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey. I'm loving this book so far. I needed myself a good fairy tale retelling to take a break from contemporaries. This book is not on the list either, but the next book I'm planning on reading is on the list, so I will get another one checked off before the finale of TBR Wipeout. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Make Me Read It Readathon Sign Up and Poll

The Make Me Read It Readathon is taking place from August 6th-August 13th. We are going to be on vacation again during this readathon, but I'm determined to make it work this year. I'm going to make a poll and you can vote for three. I will choose the one with the most votes to read.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Deal Me In/Fill In the Gaps 2 and 1/2 Year Update

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It has been 2 and 1/2 years since I started my Fill in the Gaps/ Deal Me In 5 year challenge. This was a personal challenge I set for myself to read 100 books that I picked off my TBR list in 5 years. I am officially at the halfway point. I thought this would be a good time to update you on how I think the challenge is going and my thoughts and feelings halfway through.

I recently just realized that I have not read very many books for the deal me in/fill in the gaps challenge this year. I thought well maybe I'm losing interest in the books I put on the list and they just aren't the type of books that interest me anymore. When I first made the list I was reading a lot of fairy tale retellings. While I still read that genre I often choose to read more contemporaries now days. I looked through the list and here is what I realized. The books I chose to be on this list are books I want to read. At this point in the road most of the books that didn't make the cut have already been weeded out and replaced by other books. The books that remain on the list have past the test of time with me. When I look at the list they are all books I want to read soon. When I made my coyer summer reading list many of the books that are apart of this challenge made it on the list because they are still books that I care about. I really think I did an amazing job with this list.

So far I have read 31 books off the list for 2015 and 2016 combined. At this point in the year I have read 3 books off the list. Here is what I realize that while I still want to read the books I'm not reaching for them as often as I was one or two years ago. Because this is a static list it does not keep up with the new releases, so the newer books are getting chosen over the backlist books. I still think that this challenge is reachable and I hope to have my total up to 45 books or more by the end of the year. I'm just going to have to remember to choose books from the list more often. So far I haven't had to play catch up and I don't want to start now.

I have also made a page in my bullet journal to help me remember what books I want to read by the end of the year to stay on track with this challenge.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

2017 Reading Assignment Challenge Quarter 2 Update

Hosted by Berls and Michelle @Because Reading

I managed a B for the 2nd Quarter of the 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge. I read PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han in April and How to Be Brave by Katherine E. Kottaras in June. I really enjoyed both of these books and I'm glad to have read both of them. I have 8 books left on my 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge. I'm hoping to complete all of them, but at the least I would like to complete 5 more books off the list, which is one book a month since I have already read my book for July. I'm excited that I get to pick a lot of new books for the list for this next year. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge Week 1 Update

I can't even tell you how excited I am that I finally read Clockwork Princess. I have been meaning to finish this series for a long time. I think Clockwork Princess took about 200 pages to get into, but once I got into this book I just flew through the remaider of the book and it was 560 pages long. It was wonderful and I so enjoyed the ending. I'm glad that I have finally accomplished this series. 

I'm currently reading The Names They Gave Us. This is a great book as well. I really have been enjoying this book by Emery Lord and I'm looking forward to finishing it sometime in this upcoming week. 

So far I have took one book off my beginning TBR List for this challenge and I have read 5 books off my COYER challenge list. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Summer TBR Wipeout Sign Up and TBR List

This is the 2nd year of the Summer TBR Wipeout. This is my last chance to get a lot of reading time in before I start teaching in the fall. Then I'm not sure how much time I will have to read. I'm hoping to read 6 books for this challenge as was my goal last year and I was really close. I'm currently participating in Coyer Summer Reading List, so that is the list I will post here to continue to check off books. I'm currently reading Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare and I'm at page 211 of 568. 

The books with stars over them are the books I have read so far for the challenge. I have checked off 6 books so far. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I was not tagged by anybody specific just thought this would be a fun tag to do to share some of my favorite books I have read in 2017. 


Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks. This book was so wonderful and got me back into my reading mood. I love the daddy/daughter relationship and I think it was fun to have a guy as the main character. Nicholas Sparks still writes amazing romances even after his own divorce. 

I've only read sequels and none have been super great. I chose PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han. This book was not as good as the first book, but I did end up liking the book and I'm excited to read the last book of the series. 


There are a lot of amazing new releases out this year. I chose The Name They Gave Us by Emery Lord. I loved her first book Open Road Summer and I need to catch up on her books. I hear this one is a tear jerker, so be prepared. 


Coming Up for Air is a netgalley book I got early and it is amazing. I just started it and I love it so much already. This is my second half of the year release I'm already reading. 


I bought this book because of the beautiful cover and it was a disapointment. It was a fairy tale retelling of beauty and the beast set in the desert. I think I would have enjoyed it more if the main character had a name. That is something I just couldn't get over. 


The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradely was a totally unexpected favorite of this year. When I was doing my special education student teaching the teacher was reading this aloud to his class. I picked up the audiobook from the library and just loved it so much. I still think this book was awesome and think about it a lot. 


Nicola Yoon is my new favorite author this year. I have read The Sun is Also a Star and Everything Everything by her so far. They have both been great books to read. 


I'm going to choose Olly from Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon and Levi from Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally. The boys in these books were both so caring and great boyfriend material. 


Russell from Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks. I think he is the best single dad and he did amazing providing a life for his daughter while dealing with his own divorce. 


I do not have a book that made me cry this year so far, but I'm sure there will be one yet that will be a tear jerker. 


My Name is Rapunzel by KC Hilton is a book I have wanted to read for awhile and I'm glad I finally read it. I think it was a great book. It made me happy the way that the author followed the story of Rapunzel, but made changes to make it her own. I loved My Name is Rapunzel. 


Everything Everything is my favorite film adaptation I have seen this year. Before I Fall is the only other book to movie I have seen this year. I just recently saw Everything Everything and I think it did a wonderful job following the book as well as making it interesting for the audience. I really enjoyed this book and movie. 


I love the Series post I do every January to track the series I want to start and ones I have finished in the past year. I think it is fun to see the progress. 


Hands down this category goes to Wanderlost by Jen Malone. I have not read this book yet, but the cover is beautiful. 


I have so many books I would love to read this year. One I would love to have read by the end of the year is the last Lara Jean book. 

Thank You so much for joining me for the Mid Year Freak Out. I hope you enjoyed reading and if you have done this tag leave me a comment below with your link, so I can check it out!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

June Wrap Up and July TBR

June was a great month for reading. PS I Like You is my least favorite book by Kasie West so far, but I still enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the rest of the books I read this month. Everything Everything became a quick favorite for the year. I really enjoyed learning about Anna Kendrick and finally reading How to be Brave. It Started with Goodbye was a great 2017 release and I highly recommend it.

I read 2/7 books off my June TBR. I'm currently reading Clockwork Princess, so there will be another book off the list. The only new book I added this month is Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham, which I have checked out from the library as an audiobook. I'm planning on reading mostly books I own in July. I own Something in Between, The Name They Gave Us, and Windfall. I have Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross and By Your Side by Kasie West checked out from the library. I'm hoping for a good reading month.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday 2013,2014,2015,2016 Releases I Missed Mid Year Update

Today I'm posting an update on the releases I missed posts that went live in January. I don't usually do midyear updates, but I have been trying to read books off these lists this year and make progress on this list. This is the last year I'm including 2013 releases, so I especially want to get those done before I won't be held accountable for them anymore. Here is an update picture of my 2013,2014,2015 releases. I started this year with 22 books to read and now I'm down to 17 books. 
This is an update on my 2016 releases I missed I started the year with 16 new releases and I have read 2 books off the list so far this year. 
I have read 7 books off these lists for this year. I think that is a great dent to the list especially since many of these are 2013 releases. 
1. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West 2016
2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 2016
3. My Name is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton 2013
4. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston 2015
5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman 2013
6. The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle 2013
7. How to be Brave by Katherine E. Kottaras 2015

I need to get around to some of these 2014 releases. I'm hoping to continue making progress on these titles throughout the rest of the year.